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We live in a far more transient world than our parents and grandparents. Moving away or relocating to a new locality in furtherance of a new relationship or a new career is seemingly not a big deal these days, except when it comes to separating a parent from their child(ren).  Washington’s Child Relocation Act (RCW 26.09.405-.560.) awards a “primary residential parent” (i.e., a parent having more than 55% of the residential time with a child) a “rebuttable presumption that the intended relocation of the child will be permitted.”  The procedural requirements of the Child Relocation Act apply to any relocation wherein the child(ren) will be moved outside of their present school district and the relocation of the different locality will almost assuredly effect your current parenting plan and child support order (long distance transportation expenses?)

The Child Relocation Statute and its effect on parent/child relationships has come to represent a significant portion of my practice from helping people to secure the right to relocate where it will benefit them and their child(ren) to challenging relocations where they are made “in bad faith” or when there is concern that the proposed relocation will harm the child(ren).  I have presented many, many cases on both sides of the issue and that experience is invaluable to navigating the court’s application of the Child Relocation Statute to your particular circumstances. Call me today at 360-787-2424 or contact me online to schedule a consultation to discuss all of the angles of a potential relocation.

  • "Clayton has done a fantastic job finalizing my parenting plan! He talks fast (admittedly) because he has so much energy and passion for what he does and doesn’t want to waste your time. He’ very knowledgeable in family law and sets reasonable expectations whether it was what I wanted to hear or not. He looks out for his clients best interest and the child in my case.. what I was most impressed by was after about 8 months, he returned my voicemail right away to answer my questions and spent about 15 minutes of his time giving me advice with expecting nothing in return. He is top notch!" - Krista July 2, 2021

  • "Mr Spencer has been in practice for over 30 years. He knows the law better than any attorney I know, and I actually know several. He is honest, straightforward, and will work hard (even at crazy hours), to bring the best results possible. " - Jason Ackley May 25, 2021

  • "I came to Clayton seeking representation for my divorce. This is my first marriage and so going through a divorce was beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. I had no idea what to expect until I marched into the office of Clayton Spencer. First was a consultation where we met, and he informed me of the timeline/order of events, fees and such that I could expect. He was not pushy, he even wanted me to look into my options before committing to his help. My divorce wasn’t nasty, but it wasn’t simple either, and unless you have a crystal ball there is no way to know what you will need or problems that will arise. I am so happy that I had Clayton in my corner to help see me through this horrific time in my life, he navigated the uncharted waters for me and super pleased with knowledge, professionalism and understanding of my expectations. Thank you to both you and Jill for being so responsive and proactive, and diligent with my case!" - Pamela, July 21, 2020

  • "Mr. Spencer is a honest and thorough lawyer. I hired him to represent me in a child custody case. He took me through a variety of outcomes that may occur and asked me questions so we could create the most beneficial case. When me and the other party came to an agreement on our own time, Mr. Spencer and his secretary Jill helped complete the parenting plan and Jill filed the paperwork quickly. Jill was able to assist me and answer any questions I had. I will hire them again if I ever need legal help in the future. " - Heather July 18, 2020

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